Framing, Gallery Updates

10% OFF Custom Framing during Georgetown GLOW

To celebrate the holidays, we are offering 10% OFF Custom Framing during this year’s Georgetown GLOW, the region’s only curated outdoor exhibition of modern light art installations–set against the historic backdrop of D.C.’s oldest neighborhood. GLOW Social media 2 “Seven local, regional, and international artists were chosen from 26 applicants to create site-specific work for the exhibition, the first of its kind in the region. Georgetown GLOW is a weekend-long celebration of the holiday season. The weekend includes in-store promotions including free hot chocolate, gift wrapping, and special sales and events from more than 30 Georgetown merchants.” To find out more about the artists selected, the special promotions, and the participating stores and restaurants, visit the Georgetown Glow website.

Our 10% OFF framing promotion is for today, Friday, December 12 and tomorrow Saturday, December 13! Bring in your own prints, photographs, paintings, posters, and more for framing, or peruse and buy art from our historic inventory and contemporary printmakers to frame up and hang on your walls. We will help you select the best framing design – all to conservation standards. Framed art also makes great gifts for the holidays!

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19th Century Prints, American Views, Americana, Citiscapes, Lithograph, Multi-stone Lithograph, Prints

The Rose of the Capital

The Rose of the Capital. Published by Casimer Bohn, Washington. Multi-stone lithograph, 1861. Circular. Sheet size, 13 1/2" (341 mm). Triangular envelope, 6 7/8 x 5 5/8”. LINK.

The Rose of the Capital. Published by Casimir Bohn, Washington. Multi-stone lithograph, 1861. Lithographed and Printed by E. Sachse & Co. Circular. Sheet size, 13 1/2″ (341 mm). Triangular envelope, 6 7/8 x 5 5/8”. LINK.

Today we are sharing a new addition to our inventory-  a wonderful ephemeral depiction of Washington, D.C.- Casimir Bohn’s The Rose of the Capital. As only the second example ever recorded, it is a remarkable survival.  The Rose consists of a single sheet, trimmed to a circle with scalloped edges and printed recto and verso with images of Washington landmarks arrayed radially around a central image of a rosebud.

Front of The Rose of the Capital.
Front of The Rose of the Capital. Outer Circle: Washington, U.S. Patent Office, U.S. General Post Office, President’s House, East Room in the President’s Mansion, National Observatory, U.S. Treasury. Inner Circle: Frontispiece, N.E. Wing of the Capitol, Equestrian Statue of General Jackson, Liberty, Top of Capitol, Columbus, Rescue, Statue of Washington, Equestrian Statue of Washington. DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE FOR DETAILED VIEW.

The highlight is a view as seen looking over the Capitol toward the Mall and the Potomac, on a much smaller scale but similar in conception to several other Sachse views of the city. Some of the other images include interior and exterior views of the White House, the House and Senate chambers, the Treasury building, and equestrian statues of the Presidents Washington and Jackson.

Back of The Rose of the Capital. Outer Circle: Senate chamber, Hall of Representatives, Smithsonian Institute, Military Asylum, U.S. Navy Yard, U.S. Arsenal, Lunatic Asylum, City Hall. Inner Circle: Congressional Library, Columbia Armory, Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, Georgetown College, Columbia College, Arlington House, Washington Monument.

Back of The Rose of the Capital. Outer Circle: Senate Chamber, Hall of Representatives, Smithsonian Institute, Military Asylum, U.S. Navy Yard, U.S. Arsenal, Lunatic Asylum, City Hall. Inner Circle: Congressional Library, Columbia Armory, Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, Georgetown College, Columbia College, Arlington House, Washington Monument. DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE FOR DETAILED VIEW.

The Rose folds to fit snugly in a fragile triangular envelope of buff paper, which almost miraculously survives here. 

Envelope Front.

Envelope Front.

Envelope Back.

Envelope Back.

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Contemporary, Gallery Event, Gallery Opening Receptions, Gallery Openings, Prints

You’re Invited…

4x6_Portrait_WCS13_RGB_200dpiopening reception: Friday, November 15th, 2013

from 5-8pm at the old print gallery

Join us for a night of celebration and great conversation, as we open our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show! Several of the local artists will be at the gallery to discuss their new works and explorations into printmaking. Light refreshments and wine will be served. No RSVP is necessary, feel free to invite friends and fellow art lovers.

We hope to see you there!

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Fresh Cuts: Through the Matrix Event Recap

“Fresh Cuts: Through the Matrix” was an artist demonstration, film screening, and talk with acclaimed DC printmaker and documentary film director, Susan Goldman. On Saturday, October 12, in conjunction with FAD: Fashion Art Design Georgetown, the Old Print Gallery hosted Goldman, as she demonstrated the step-by-step process of printing an original woodcut print, entitled Pupil. Visitors also watched Goldman’s new documentary exploration of the post-WWII Midwestern printmaking revival, Midwest Matrix TM. The afternoon ended with an informal Q&A session with Goldman, gallery staff, and our interested guests. It was a fantastic afternoon of printmaking!

We want to extend a very BIG thanks to Susan Goldman and all of our gallery friends and followers for a great Saturday of printmaking! “Fresh Cuts: Through the Matrix” was a huge success. Check out our event photos  below.

Preparing the inks

Preparing the inks.

Several freshly-pulled prints by Susan Goldman- titled Pupil- an edition of 15, woodcut on printed Japanese paper.

Several freshly-pulled prints by Susan Goldman- titled Pupil- an edition of 15, woodcut on printed Japanese paper.

Susan's press, and several examples of the woodblock printed on white paper.

Susan’s press, and several examples of the woodcut printed on white paper.

Tools of the trade!

Tools of the trade!

Susan Goldman, running the woodblock and Japanese paper through her small press

Susan Goldman, running the woodcut and Japanese paper through her press.

Susan Goldman reveals the new print, as she pulls the Japanese paper off her wooden matrix!

Susan Goldman reveals the new print, as she pulls the printed Japanese paper off her wooden matrix!

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Fresh Cuts: Through the Matrix

detail_event_image_79The Old Print Gallery is excited to announce Fresh Cuts: Through the Matrix, an artist demonstration, film screening, and talk with acclaimed DC printmaker and documentary film director, Susan Goldman.  On Saturday, October 12, in conjunction with FAD Georgetown 2013, The Old Print Gallery will host Goldman, as she demonstrates the step-by-step process of printing an original woodcut print. Famed for her inclusion of symbols and patterns derived from the natural world, Goldman’s woodcuts offer a mystical, colorful, and innovative approach to the traditional still life. This demonstration will offer a unique and rare opportunity to engage in dialogue with one of DC’s leading printmakers, as well as understand and appreciate the work and fine-tuned technique that goes into printing an original woodcut. The demonstration is free, and will run from 2-4pm at the gallery.

Midwest Matrix Press PhotoThe gallery will also be screening, for the first time in DC, Midwest Matrix TM, Goldman’s documentary exploration of the history, artists, and stories of post-WWII Midwestern print departments and studios. Including interviews and discussions with famed artists like Garo Antreasian, Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Sid Chafetz, Warrington Colescott, and Mauricio Lasansky, the film is a tribute to the university fine-art programs of the mid-1940s to mid-1950s and an acknowledgement of the individual artist-professors whose work, and that of their students, contributed to the now celebrated post-war printmaking revival in America. Midwest Matrix TM will play from 2-4pm in the gallery. At 4pm, Goldman will host an informal Q&A about her documentary.

Fresh Cuts: Through the Matrix promises to be informative and engaging for printmakers, collectors, and those curious about the process and rich history of printmaking.

Susan Goldman is Artistic Director and Owner of Lily Press, in Rockville, Maryland, as well as Director and Producer for Midwest Matrix TM. Her recent projects include collaborations with artists Enrique Chagoya, William Wiley, Jo Baer, and EJ Montgomery. Her work can be found in major museums and private collections all around the world- Kyoto City Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum, as well as the Library of Congress.

*For more information on Midwest Matrix TM, check out the website http://midwestmatrix.info/Midwest Matrix TM is licensed for personal and educational use only.

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